By Alex Redgrave

Published on June 30, 2017

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“Paradise. This. Way.”

The neon pink sign at Wild Oleander hints at what’s to come, before you turn down an alleyway-slash-tropical oasis of plastic flamingos, striped beach umbrellas, and kitschy lawn chairs in Brooklyn’s industrial haven, Bushwick.

 
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Inside the nail salon, the Betty-Draper-on-acid vibe continues: “Keep On Keepin’ On” beams from the back wall in fuchsia script above a row of vintage living room chairs repurposed into pedi stations with copper soaking tubs.

 
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Original 1960s floral wallpaper in rich marigold, sunny yellow, and Barbie pink sets the palette throughout the space. In one corner, racks of vintage jean shorts, flowy print-tastic dresses, and Hawaiian shirts are for sale alongside a box of vinyl records and shelves stocked with Playboy issues from the era.

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Owner Sandra Hatton (who grew up in Hawaii surrounded by the salon’s namesake fragrant yet deadly flower) decorated the space with a set designer’s eye for detail and a talent for DIY—like the far-out cement floor epoxied in metallic swirls. 

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Even the cement columns are covered in paneled wood straight out of the Brady family’s rec room, while the bathroom includes a groovy lava lamp.

 
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But, oh! You’re here for a manicure. Taking a cue from Sandy’s gold glitter talons (topped with a flamingo, naturally), we suggest getting creative. These ladies are true artists with their Japanese toxin-free gel polishes. 

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Hatton also makes her own body scrubs and creams in tiki cocktail-esque scents like Pina Colada and Margarita. By the time you head outside post-treatment, you’ll think it was all a dream…

For pricing and menu of treatments, visit wildoleander.com.  

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